A sensational sixth successive Severn Derby win in a row saw Gloucester City record a vital three points against neighbours Worcester City.\r\n\r\nThe incredible hoodoo that the Tigers have over their Severn rivals was extended by Nathan Modest’s first half volley and an excellent Billy Jones penalty to bring derby day delight.\r\n\r\nNew signing Femi Orenuga was outstanding on the right and the catalyst for the Tigers penalty with Nathan Vaughan bringing down the former Everton man.\r\n\r\nIn a game that both sides needed to win, Tim Harris’ men showed the passion and tenacity that Worcester lacked to leave the Tigers faithful bouncing in front of their highest home league crowd of the season.\r\n\r\nOn a bright and sunny afternoon in Cheltenham, the Tigers began on top with Sam Avery heading wide early.\r\n\r\nBut, unbefitting of a local derby, there was no urgency to either sides play, being closely fought in the middle of the pitch.\r\n\r\nThe first save came from a shot from nothing by Chris Knowles, caught at a perfect height for goalkeeper Nathan Vaughan.\r\n\r\nJack Harris tested with a weak header after a sustained period of Tigers pressure.\r\n\r\nWith the wind in their sails, Modest half-volleyed home to send Gloucester into a deserved lead, after Harry White knocked down to the former Sheffield Wednesday man.\r\n\r\nBut, as the first half came to a close, Worcester saw two efforts go perilously close, a stunning free-kick from Daniel Nti caused Paul White real issues but went inches wide.\r\n\r\nThen, Ellis Deeney catapulted forward with a swerving effort from 30 yards manoeuvring at the final moment wide.\r\n\r\nTrailing from the first half, Worcester looked at a quick equaliser but Connor Gater’s poor effort was all they could muster.\r\n\r\nPaul White, who had little to do through the game, smothered a free-kick from Jacob Rowe, followed by Nick Wright pushing wide at full stretch.\r\n\r\nBut, the speed of Orenuga changed the game on 67 minutes, a quick breakaway saw Lewis Hall play in the debutant who sped at goalkeeper Vaughan who clumsily brought him down.\r\n\r\nThe veteran Jones stepped up and slotted home with aplomb to double the Tigers lead.\r\n\r\nWorcester’s fightback came in vain, Wright heading wide after clambering over Avery before Kyle Haynes produced a simple save out of White.\r\n\r\nModest tried for a second goal late but saw his effort fizz wide in the final meaningful shot of the game.\r\n\r\nA performance that the beleaguered Tigers needed so badly, came, and a welcome confidence boost before make-or-break fixtures against lowly Hyde and Bradford Park Avenue.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: P. White, M. Green, B. Jones, J. Harris, S. Avery, C. Knowles, F. Orenuga (A. Connolly 86), T. Webb, H. White (C. Griffin 90+2), N. Modest (J. James 90+3), L. Hall\r\n\r\nSubs not used: M. Richards, H. Rivers\r\n\r\nGoals: Modest 34, Jones 67 pen\r\n\r\nWorcester City: N. Vaughan, K. Haynes, S. Khan, G. Hutchison, J. Rowe, D. Jackman, D. Nti (T. Dunkley), E. Deeney, M. Symons (S. Geddes 57), N. Wright, C. Gater (M. Taylor 57)\r\n\r\nSubs not used: C. Gudger, J. Veiga\r\n\r\nAttendance: 804\r\n\r\nStar man: Chris Knowles (Gloucester City)

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